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Who are Wesleyan University's Most influential alumni?
Wesleyan University's most influential alumni faculty include professors and professionals in the fields of Philosophy, Literature, and Psychology. Wesleyan University’s most academically influential people include Daniel Dennett, Austin Warren, and Joss Whedon.
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How does this school stack up?
Wesleyan University was founded in 1831 under the auspices of the Methodist Episcopal Church. In 1872, Wesleyan led the way in admitting female students, an effort sometimes referred to as the “Wesleyan Experiment.” However, resistance to the experiment in certain quarters made itself increasingly felt, until the policy was reversed in 1912. Women were not admitted again until 1970.
In 1937, the university became officially independent from the Methodist Episcopal Church.
Today, Wesleyan is a fully secular, private research university. It comprises 46 undergraduate academic departments which offer more than 900 courses each semester. In addition, the university has 11 graduate-level departmental programs. Among its innovative programs we may mention the College of East Asian Studies, the College of the Environment, the College of Film and the Moving Image, and the College of Integrative Studies.
Wesleyan also has a highly respected world music program, covering West African, Caribbean, African-American, South Asian (classical Indian), Southeast Asian (classical Indonesian), and East Asian (classical Chinese, Japanese, and Korean) traditions, in addition to the traditional European classical music traditions, including contemporary and experimental music.
Wesleyan University is associated with four Nobel Prize laureates, namely,
In addition, in the early 1960s, towards the end of his life, the great Anglo-American poet, T.S. Eliot, who won the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1948, worked as an editor for Wesleyan University Press.
Other prominent Wesleyan-associated individuals include the following: